Personality Types in Executives: What Works

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is one of the most frequently used
self-report assessment tools in management and leadership development programs around the world. It is used in leadership development, team-building, communications training and executive coaching.

Yet many who take it put it away in a drawer and don’t remember their profile because they don’t understand the significance. The importance lies in the value of self-awareness, of knowing one’s self really well, and in being able to understand others quickly and efficiently.

The Myers-Briggs assessment measures our basic ways of taking ininformation and prioritizing tasks. These basic human differences in gathering and processing information show up in work habits. The differences in styles can be the root cause of many interpersonal differences at work.

Executives have different leadership styles and preferences for interaciton with others. Extraverted and introverted leaders need to pay special attention to how their preference for deriving energy contributes to their leadership styles. Both styles contribute to isolation in top executives, but in different ways.

Basic Concepts covered in this article:

Two primary cognitive functions: Perceiving and Judging
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: four basic types, two preferences
How People Interact at Work
The Isolated Executive: Extraverted and Introverted Styles
What type makes the best leader?

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